suction cup? as in drain plunger? acuplunger!
I've tried many different types of treatments and finally found a GOOD acupuncturist that was able to relieve decades long back problems. If you can find a good doctor (usually trained in China) you'll be in good hands.
> suction cup? as in drain plunger? acuplunger!
They’re like large glass shot-glasses, with a one-way valve to suck out the air.
The rim is moistened and then the “shot-glass” is placed on your skin — in my case it was my back around my munged shoulder. Then they suck out the air with a pump, up to an agreed pressure. Then they repeat for however many suction cups they’re going to use — in my case 12 to 16.
The suction cups “suck” your muscle tissue and nerves off of your bones — literally — sort of like a massage-in-reverse. And they leave perfectly-round deep purple bruises, like you’ve been fighting an octopus. They leave the cups on for about a half hour, and they feel great!
So, you can imagine how well that would work if you had pinched nerves (as I did) that needed to get clear of the joint that was pinching them — there really is no other way short of surgery to do it.
They combine that with acupuncture, which are several dozen ultra-sharp thin needles, strategically placed onto nerve endings. You don’t feel them go in, they’re that sharp. Then they fire a randomly-pulsating electrical current thru two of the needles. This causes your nerves to “fire off” and causes your muscles to contract: it doesn’t hurt, it feels marvelous, better than any massage you have ever had.
I have fallen asleep during acupuncture many, many times. Many people do: it is fantastic sports injury therapy.
I should also add that in neither the suction cup therapy nor the acupuncture was there any blood involved. None.
The acupuncture needles are used once and then discarded. They are one-time use.